December 2019

collage of photos of kids in 2019 summer reading programs from Lake Andes, Viborg, Midland, Armour, Scotland and Lennox

Stephanie Miller-Davis Grant: Applications Open December 2, 2019

What: A grant program to promote early childhood literacy in the rural South Dakota communities. Funding is made possible from the Stephanie Miller-Davis Charitable Fund, a private donor advised fund from a SD family, in collaboration with the SD State Library and the South Dakota Community Foundation.

Awards: $1000; Library can apply and receive a grant up to three years in a row by reapplying each year.

Eligibility: South Dakota public libraries that are state and federally recognized and in compliance with State statues with LSA population (Legal Service Area) of 5000 or fewer residents for city libraries and under 7500 (LSA) for county libraries. Any South Dakota tribal/public library on any South Dakota reservation regardless of size may apply. South Dakota public school libraries may partner with an eligible public library closest to them and apply jointly. An official 501c3 "Friends of the Library" may apply on behalf of a public library. Applications will be filed through your sponsoring public library's annual report portal: sd.countingopinions.com .

Not required, but preference will be given to:

  1. libraries who have sought out or are currently seeking SD State Library voluntary accreditation; and
  2. libraries that send local librarians or trustees to training programs such as Jump Start or participate in online webinars.

How to apply: Applications should be submitted online at sd.countingopinions.com . Sign in using your library's annual report account credentials. Select the Stephanie Miller-Davis Grant from the Collection menu.

Contact: Questions please call the South Dakota State Library at 1-800-423-6665 or email Laura Kelly laura.kelly@state.sd.us .

Deadline: Completed applications must be received no later than Monday, February 3, 2020. Grant decisions will be communicated by Friday, February 28, 2020.


May 2019

Great news for South Dakota libraries and their summer reading programs!

On May 15, 2019, the Stephanie Miller-Davis Grant Program distributed grants of up to $1,000 to 35 libraries in rural communities across South Dakota.

Congratulations to the following South Dakota libraries and communities:

  • Armour Carnegie Public Library
  • Beresford Public Library
  • Britton Public Library
  • Edgemont Public Library
  • Emil M Larson Library (Clark)
  • Emma Burnham Public Library (Frederick)
  • Grant County Public Library
  • Gregory Public Library
  • Haakon Community Public Library
  • Hanson Community Library
  • Hot Springs Public Library
  • Hurley Public Library
  • Hyde County Library (Highmore)
  • Kathryn Schulkoski Public Library (Eureka)
  • Lake Andes Carnegie Library
  • Lemmon Public Library
  • Lennox Community Library
  • M. P. Beebe Memorial Library (Ipswich)
  • Midland Community Library
  • Moody County Resource Center (Flandreau)
  • Newell Public Library
  • North Sioux City Community Library
  • Northwest Regional Library (Buffalo)
  • Parker Public Library
  • Parkston Public Library
  • Platte Public Library
  • Potter County Free Library (Gettysburg)
  • Redfield Carnegie Library
  • Scotland Community Library
  • Sisseton Wahpeton Community College
  • Tripp County Library - Grossenburg Memorial (Winner)
  • Tripp Public Library
  • Viborg Public Library
  • Waubay Public Library
  • Wilmot Public Library

represented in photo above

More event photos have been posted on South Dakota State Library's Facebook page.

Applications are not currently being accepted. The next application period will open in December 2019.


January 2019

Attention Small and Rural Libraries!

kids reading on sunny day grassy lawn

Looking for a chance to expand or create a Summer Reading Program in your community?

We are excited to announce a new grant opportunity for small libraries to fund summer reading programs and expand children's literacy in your community. The South Dakota State Library is eager to spread the word about a grant program that helps libraries achieve their goals in childhood literacy.

"We are fortunate to be working with the State Library who understands our passion for children's literacy and reaching children in rural areas throughout the State of South Dakota."
Family of Stephanie Miller-Davis

This grant program will promote early childhood literacy in rural South Dakota communities in partnership with SD State Library and SDCF. $1,000 awards will be given to those libraries that meet specific criteria. Deadlines and eligibility details can be found in the grant application.


Questions? Contact:

Children and Youth Services Coordinator

Laura Kelly

1-605-773-3131 (Option 5, 1)
1-605-773-5066
email